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LETTERS IN THE EDITOR'S MAILBAG.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Bush didn't receive every vote

In its May 19 Oregon primary election results report, The Register-Guard listed George W. Bush as receiving 100 percent of the Republican votes. The Republican ballot listed two choices for president. The second line was for write-in votes.

We know for a fact that Bush did not receive 100 percent of the votes, because we both wrote in Sen. John McCain on line 2, connected the arrow, signed the secrecy envelopes and deposited our ballots in the box outside of Eugene City Hall.

In addition to clarifying that Bush did not receive 100 percent of the vote, we would like to know if there were other write-in votes or Republican ballots with no choice for president.

RETT BAUMANN

JOHN BAUMANN

Eugene

Time pressures hurt youth vote

As relatively new member of the registered voting population, I am faced with a situation that has inspired me to re-evaluate my priorities in life, taking into account not only my responsibilities as a student, an older brother to four siblings and a Christian, but also as a citizen of the United States.

I am a senior in high school, and most of my time is spent between academic and extracurricular activities. It's no mystery to me why only 36 percent of 18- to 24-year-old citizens vote (U.S. Census Bureau). As students, we are subject to numerous pressures and expectations. Political issues are just not a priority for most of us.

Political debate is by no means a passion of mine, and rarely do I choose to spend the limited free time I have to update myself on current issues. However, when it comes time to fill out my ballot, my patriotic zeal quickly dies as I realize I can't make a truly educated decision as to whom and what I support. What should my priorities be, given my many and diverse responsibilities?

It's difficult to resist the illusion that politics doesn't affect me, but the truth is that the political debates of today will and do affect my generation. While my individual participation may seem insignificant, it is my duty as a citizen of this great country to not only vote, but more importantly, to make an educated vote.

DARREN NOLL

Eugene

Torture is the American way

God bless our torturers. It's the American way.

KEVIN HORNBUCKLE

Eugene

Editors should run for president

After reading several Register-Guard editorials giving advice to President Bush, a brilliant idea occurred to me this morning on the way to work. Obviously, there are better qualified persons in the editorial department to be our president than either Bush or Sen. John Kerry; persons who have better access to information than the president and who are more capable of using that information wisely.

Based on that, I urge the newspaper's staff to select one of its editors - the most charming person in the group - and promote him or her to be our next president.

LOUIS W. JOHNSON

Eugene

Police support fair reviews

The May 22 editorial "Reviews get bad review" implies that Eugene police officers and the union that represents them may be tempted to resist upcoming changes to the way the Eugene Police Department does business as it pertains to the internal investigations process. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Chief Robert Lehner arrived a few months ago and began the process of reviewing the manner in which internal investigations are received and investigated. I listened to him speak to the Eugene Police Commission and articulate that he doesn't understand how some conclusions were drawn by investigators, or what led them to those conclusions.

The citizens of Eugene can take comfort in knowing that the police union will work with the department and, if necessary, the police commission throughout this process. The police union believes an internal process with integrity that applies fair and balanced discipline throughout the department will better serve the community and the men and women of the Eugene Police Employees' Association.

WILLY EDEWAARD, president

Eugene Police

Employees' Association

Eugene
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Title Annotation:Letters
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Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jun 5, 2004
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